It's Snowing! Again!

January 21, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Yes, it is snowing - right now as I write this!  Seems as though an off shoot of the Polar Vortex has slid South and mixed with some moisture, again!  OK, It's New England and Winter and  - it is going to snow! 

​So.. who is planning to take their camera's out and take some pretty snow pictures tomorrow? Who ihardy enough to go out tonight and look for scenes with illumination from some kind of outdoor lighting? Some street lights can give you some strange colors! Try the different white balance settings for some color variation.  

Back to tomorrow, in daylight, there is an adjustment to set on your camera before you even go outside. DSLRs and some advanced point & shoot cameras have a compensation adjustment. This adjusts the exposure - even when using the Auto exposure setting. A digital camera adjusts the exposure to what is called Middle Gray. It averages all the light and dark areas in your viewfinder or LCD  to produce a very good exposures - based on the middle gray level of light and dark parts of your scene.

 With a snowy scene, mostly white, it will end up being kind of gray! It looks dull and boring with none of the imapce of what you envisioned. SO, adjust the camera's exposure compensation to the plus side. The settings are numbers such as:  +.3, +.7, +1 and on up to +3.  (also to the minus in the same 1/3 increments).  

 

We want '+' compensation to make the scene brighter or rather the snow brighter. Take a few pictures at '0' and then set a +1 compensation - just to see the difference back on your computer, with a hot cup of cocoa! You might also try a +1.3 setting. 

Image #3 below - I added +1.7  exposure compensation and converted to B&W! Much Better.

 

Often when an image contains very little color it will look better converted to B&W. At least try it and you be the judge!

Keep Shootin'

 

Steve Hopkins

 


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